Rugby Championship

All Blacks expect hostile Durban crowd

2016-10-04 21:25
Dane Coles (Getty Images)

Durban - All Black hooker Dane Coles is expecting a "hostile" crowd in this weekend's Rugby Championship clash against the Springboks at Kings Park in Durban.

Having played the Boks in South Africa on three occasions, Coles is no stranger to the fixture despite having played all of those matches in Johannesburg.

But he has seen enough of Kings Park over the years in Super Rugby to have an idea of the support base at the stadium.

"I like playing the Boks. It's one of the best Tests in the world. There's definitely a lot of potential and they showed that at the weekend by beating Australia," Coles said from Durban.

"All the Test matches we've played here down the last few years have been some of the best Test matches I've ever played.

"We're preparing to take ourselves to that limit in terms of preparation and mindset so I'm looking forward to it.

"Durban is a pretty hostile crowd and a great stadium to play at as well and I'm sure the fans will be right behind the Boks."

The Boks have lost three of their five Rugby Championship matches so far, but are undefeated at home in the tournament.

Kick-off on Saturday is at 17:05.

 

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